NRL 2023

Eels dealt ANOTHER big blow as Mahoney joins rival on bumper deal

Mahoney informed coach Brad Arthur of his decision on Thursday morning in the latest cruel twist under the Eels’ Roster Management Committe regime.

It comes after the Eels upped the ante in a last ditch bid to retain Mahoney.

 

Leilua heading north in 2023

The 25-year-old has appeared in 87 games over the course of five seasons for the St George Illawarra Dragons and Wests Tigers.

Despite his 188cm, 114kg frame, Leilua is regarded as one of the premier ball-playing forwards in the NRL. In 2021 he finished eighth in the NRL with 38 offloads, sixth among all forwards with 68 tackle breaks along with five line-break assists and two try assists.

 

The first signing for the Dolphins shows club has eye on long game

The 20-year-old junior Queensland Origin hooker is regarded as one of the best up-and-coming No.9's in the game, but has the ability to play lock forward like Melbourne's Brandon Smith.

Graham has been signed on a development contract with the Dolphins with the potential to be upgraded if he is ready for the NRL by the 2023 season. He also has a train-and-trial contract with the Broncos for the upcoming pre-season and could be picked up by Brisbane for 2022.

‘Didn’t want them’: Bennett’s Broncos swipe as new Dolphins coach drops target hints

After being strongly linked to the role for some time, the Dolphins unveiled Bennett at a press conference on Thursday.
“I feel very privileged actually,” Bennett said.

 

Dolphins granted licence to become NRL's 17th team in 2023

The NRL Telstra Premiership will expand to a 26-round competition as part of the Dolphins' entry with every team continuing to play 24 games in the regular season.

The total number of regular season games will increase from 192 to 204 with teams receiving two byes.

“Today is an exciting moment in the history of our game. The NRL Telstra Premiership will expand to 17 teams in 2023 and on behalf of the Commission I would like to congratulate The Dolphins on being granted the 17th licence,’’ ARLC chairman Peter V'landys said.

 

Redcliffe Dolphins revealed as ‘preferred candidate’ for 17th NRL team

According to a News Corp report and Triple M’s Ben Dobbin, the Dolphins are the preferred option, beating out the Firehawks and Jets to win the expansion race and will enter the competition in 2023.

It comes after the NRL’s Expansion Assessment Committee met last week to analyse all three bids.

 

DONE DEAL: ARLC rubber-stamps expansion plans for 17th NRL team

According to a News Corp report, ARLC chair Peter V’landys informed clubs of the decision on Wednesday following the announcement of a $50 million surplus for the NRL.

The meeting didn’t exactly run smoothly though with reports at least two club CEO’s engaged in a heated discussion after they learnt that they clubs will not receive additional funding.

All 16 clubs currently receive an annual grant of $13 million, but were hoping for an additional $1 million each.